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What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Focus Area: Case Management and Comprehensive Programs

what-works-logoThe What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse is a one-stop shop for research on the effectiveness of a variety of reentry programs and practices. It was developed for the National Reentry Resource Center by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Urban Institute, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance through the Second Chance Act.

This section of the clearinghouse provides an overview and examination of key evaluative research of comprehensive and case management programs. Each of the programs in this collection takes a comprehensive approach to improving outcomes for those returning from jail and prison. These programs provide or link participants to a broad array of services including educational development, employment preparation and skills, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and housing assistance. Many of these programs involve coordination across multiple agencies to ensure a smooth transition from correctional settings back to the community. A number of them are centered around a case management model in which case managers are tasked with developing reentry plans and coordinating treatment both within the facility and in the community post-release.